Confirmation strengthens (“confirms”) the baptised soul.The bishop lays his hands on the one who is to be confirmed and pronounces the solemn words, “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit”, anointing the forehead at the same time with the oil of chrism. Confirmation confers a particular grace, fortifying the soul to bear a greater witness to the faith than before (cfr Acts 1,8).Confirmation is the sacrament that completes baptism. It is through this sacrament that the above gifts of the Holy Spirit are bestowed upon us.

The Sacrament of Confirmation takes place after a period of preparation, which usually takes place in your parish or Local Pastoral Area, please check with your parish how the preparations take place in your area.There are two great actions through which the sacrament is conferred, the laying on of hands and the anointing with Sacred Chrism.

The laying on of hands is a calling down of the Holy Spirit upon the one to be confirmed, and the anointing with Sacred Chrism is a sealing of the covenant being made with God. The usual minister of Confirmation is the Bishop, however in some cases the Bishop may delegate another priest to administer the sacrament.

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